Israel’s Mossad chief meets with Qatar’s head of intelligence

Israel’s head of Mossad Yossi Cohen attended the secret meeting in Doha at the beginning of February. (File/Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP)
Short Url
Updated 24 February 2020

Israel’s Mossad chief meets with Qatar’s head of intelligence

  • Secret meeting took place in Doha at the beginning of February
  • It is understood they discussed Qatar’s funding of Hamas

DUBAI: The director of Israel’s Mossad made a secret visit to Qatar earlier in February, where he met with the head of Qatari intelligence, Al Arabiya news channel reported.

Yossi Cohen and Israeli army general Herzi Halevi, who heads up the Israeli army’s southern operations, met with Qatar’s intelligence chief Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Misnad – who also works as an advisor on national security to the Emir of Qatar.

The meeting was confirmed by former Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman during an interview he gave to Israel’s Channel 12, in which he said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent Cohen to Doha on Feb. 5 to discuss Qatar’s financial aid policy with Hamas,

The meeting was also attended by Qatari Ambassador Mohammed Al-Emadi, the chairman of Qatar's Gaza Reconstruction Committee.


Palestinian cyclists say attacked by Israeli settlers after trail app led them astray

Updated 22 July 2020

Palestinian cyclists say attacked by Israeli settlers after trail app led them astray

  • Komoot led them east toward a rocky path near the Israeli settlement of Shilo

RAMALLAH: A group of Palestinian cyclists say they were attacked by Israelis in the occupied West Bank after a popular trail app landed them on a remote path dotted with Jewish settlements.
Avid cyclist Amer Kurdi set out on Saturday with his brother and three others on what was supposed to be an 80-km (50-mile) ride, using the cycling, hiking, and mountain biking app Komoot to chart a path north from the Palestinian village of Birzeit.
The West Bank, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, is scattered with Israeli settlements which its 3 million Palestinians mostly cannot enter, as well as checkpoints and military bases that Israel says it needs for its security.
Over an hour into their ride, Kurdi said Komoot led them east toward a rocky path near the Israeli settlement of Shilo. He said a group of Hebrew-speaking men, whom the cyclists later took to be Israeli settlers, approached and asked where they were from.
Kurdi, 30, replied that they were from the Palestinian city of Ramallah. Soon after, the men — Kurdi estimates there were five or six — started throwing stones at them, using T-shirts to hide their faces, Kurdi and his brother, Samer, said.
“The others managed to run away, but I tripped and fell,” Samer, 28, said. “When I got up, a settler was behind me, and he started beating me with a metal rod.”
Photos the cyclists took after the incident, which they reported to Israel’s police, show Samer’s legs and arms bruised and bloodied.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said they are investigating.
Palestinians complain that navigation apps fail to grasp the West Bank’s complexity.
Asked for comment, Komoot said it regretted the incident but that its service is not specifically optimized for route planning “through areas of political unrest.”
Amer Kurdi says the incident will not keep him from cycling.
“I’ll wear a camera. I’ll be more careful when using apps,” he said.
“But we won’t stop. We will stand up for our right to bike.”